But don’t sweat it … Tecklenburg also has hundreds of years of history; and nowhere is this more evident than at the city center and its alleys and narrow streets. The compact town of Tecklenburg is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Tecklenburg is Germany, and yet it is a culture unto itself. In the 12th century the county of Tecklenburg emerged in the region that is now called the "Tecklenburger Land" in the western foothills of the Teutoburg Forest. It was annexed by the neighbouring county of Bentheim in 1263, and Tecklenburg still had a count until the 19th century. Its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Time to explore it!
We can honestly state that the best way to explore Tecklenburg is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 25 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Tecklenburg is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.
Most people try to rush Tecklenburg on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Tecklenburg properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Tecklenburg we saw on a city map that the small town of Tecklenburg is divided into three areas - the historical old Markt, the area around Burg Tecklenburg and the more residential area in the alleys and winding streets. After that we visited the village and we hiked our way through all three of the areas.
Our hikes were in the old town where the village is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for quite some time. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at the Pagenstrasse where we parked the car, made our way to Schultz Strasse and finally hiked way into the old town and it ended at the Markt at the city center of the village. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley´s, this part of Tecklenburg is the place to get hopelessly lost for some time. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the Burg Tecklenburg (old ruin an beautiful views at Teutoburger Wald National Park), Markt (old central square with beautiful half-timbered houses), mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Tecklenburg?
Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Tecklenburg old town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won´t do justice to the entire city of Tecklenburg whenever you won´t visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main square are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.
There are truly more than enough vibrant cultural scenes to see, like the off the beaten path Burg Tecklenburg way back in the Schlossstrasse and for example the Stadtkirche Tecklenburg at the back of the main street towards the medieval Markt. Via the pavement of the Schultz Strasse, with its beautiful half-timbered houses, we ended up at the Markt, which is the central square, and is probably the most important square of Tecklenburg. It lead to a great viewing point at the exposed old fountain and beautiful maibaum. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Tecklenburg might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!